Indiana Railway Museum

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Not to be confused with Indiana Transportation Museum.
Indiana Railway Museum
Reporting mark IRRM
Locale Indiana
Dates of operation 1961–present
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters French Lick, Indiana

The Indiana Railway Museum in is a railroad museum located in French Lick, Indiana, United States dedicated to preserving and displaying artifacts related to the history of railroads in Indiana.

Collection[edit]

Main Station and Museum of the Indiana Railway Museum

The museum's collection includes more than 65 pieces of rolling stock and locomotives. The museum has three steam locomotives on display that are not operational and three operational diesel locomotives. Excursions are typically powered by a diesel locomotive.

Rail line[edit]

The museum owns 16 miles of an ex-Southern Railway line running from West Baden Springs in Orange County, through French Lick, then southwest to the towns of Cuzco and Dubois in Dubois County.

The track beyond Dubois is operated by the Dubois County Railroad, a for-profit subsidiary of the museum.

Heritage railroad[edit]

A Pullman Car

The museum operates the 10-mile stretch of the line between French Lick and Cuzco as a heritage railroad and carried approximately 23,000 passengers in 2004.

Excursions are based on a 20 mile round trip through portions of the scenic Hoosier National Forest and the 2200 foot Burton Tunnel and takes approximately 2 hours.

History[edit]

The Indiana Railway Museum was founded in 1961 in the Decatur County town of Westport, but moved in 1971 to Greensburg, and then in 1978 to its present location in French Lick.

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Coordinates: 38°33′18″N 86°37′01″W / 38.5550°N 86.6170°W / 38.5550; -86.6170